<ul><li>Discuss how to start a new job. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the advantages of having a mentor. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain how a mentor can improve on-the-job learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the role of the trainee with a mentor. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain formal and informal evaluations. </li></ul>OBJECTIVES: After studying Chapter 4, the reader should be able to: Continued
<ul><li>Describe the role of a service technician. </li></ul>OBJECTIVES: <ul><li>Explain how the flat-rate pay plan works. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the type and pricing of parts. </li></ul>( cont. )
<ul><li>advisor • advocate • aftermarket parts core • core charge • coach • counselor • critical thinking customer pay (CP) </li></ul><ul><li>flagging • formal evaluation • informal evaluation • jobber • mentor • original equipment (OE) rebuilt • remove and inspect (R & I) • remove and replace (R & R) • renewal parts • repair order (RO) • role model service bay • stall • teacher • three Cs (concern, cause, correction) • trainee • warehouse distributor </li></ul>KEY TERMS:
<ul><li>Professionalism and personal credibility are important and can determine success as a service tech or customer service provider. </li></ul>PROFESSIONALISM Anyone who meets the public in any business must not only be dressed appropriately, but the clothing should be clean. Also be sure that leather shoes have been shined. Dull, dirty, or scuffed shoes or messy appearance reflects an unprofessional look. Clean Clothes are a Must. Continued
<ul><li>A true professional does the following on a regular basis: </li></ul>Practice consistency . Positive, professional and warm at all times. Keep your word . Follow through commitments you make. Develop technical expertise . Be knowledgeable about the vehicles being serviced. Attend update training classes to keep current. Become a teammate with your co-workers . Working successfully with others shows that you have common goals and can benefit from the specific skills of others. Apologize if you are wrong . Practice honesty all of the time.
<ul><li>Ethics Principles governing conduct of an individuals or groups. Some ethical decisions are easy to recognize and are perceived as popular choices of behavior by the people around us. </li></ul><ul><li>Other times the potential choices fall into gray areas in which the “right” or “wrong” course of action is difficult to identify. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>When faced with an ethically challenging situation, ask yourself the following questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Is it legal? (Is it against local, state, or federal laws?) </li></ul><ul><li>Is it fair? (Is it harmful to me or to others?) </li></ul><ul><li>How do I feel about it? (Is it against the teachings of my parents or my religion?) </li></ul><ul><li>Would the court of public opinion find my behavior incorrect? (Would it disappoint my family?) </li></ul><ul><li>Am I fearful of what those I trust would say about my actions? (Would I be hurt or upset if someone did this to me?) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Five methods of communication are used in effective customer service: listening, talking, nonverbal communications, reading, and writing. </li></ul>COMMUNICATIONS Listening Active listening is the ability to hear and understand what the speaker is saying. Listening to customers or other techs shows you care about and respect their questions and concerns. It’s not easy to be a good listener; practice and dedication improve listening techniques. Barriers to good listening exist. A listener may be distracted, have a closed mind, won’t stop talking, or is lazy and unwilling to be a good listener. Continued
<ul><li>Focuses on the speaker and what is being said. </li></ul><ul><li>Looks at the speaker and makes eye contact when possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Listens with an open mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Rephrases what was said to clarify that the intended message is understood. </li></ul><ul><li>A good listener knows the joy of sharing and communicating with others. Work to become the best listener you can be. </li></ul>A good listener does the following:
<ul><li>Talking Means speaking, using words and terminology that others comprehend. Eye contact is important when communicating and conveys sincerity and interest. Avoiding eye contact may suggest a lack of concern or honesty. </li></ul><ul><li>When dealing with people from other cultures, customer service providers should be aware of cultural differences. In many other cultures eye avoidance is a sign of respect. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sensitive to others but use eye contact whenever possible. </li></ul>COMMUNICATIONS Continued ( cont. )
Regardless of the situation, a true professional never resorts to the use of profanity. If tensions are high and the discussion becomes heated, try to defuse the situation by turning the situation over to someone else. Never Use Profanity
<ul><li>Nonverbal Communication Tone and inflection of the voice, facial expressions, posture, and eye contact are all forms of non-verbal communications. Nonverbal indicators can contradict a message conveyed through another method of communication and includes body posture, such as having the arms crossed. </li></ul>COMMUNICATIONS Continued ( cont. )
<ul><li>When a person crosses their arms, or looks at other things rather than paying attention to what you are discussing, these actions could indicate one of several things including: </li></ul><ul><li>They are not interested in what you are saying </li></ul><ul><li>They don’t believe what you are saying </li></ul><ul><li>They are not listening </li></ul>Continued
If this type of nonverbal communication is noticed, several things could be done to overcome this barrier including: <ul><li>Ask questions, which would require them to pay attention and shows that you are interested in what they think. </li></ul><ul><li>Give options rather than just asking what they want such, as saying “would you prefer to have this work done all at the same time or spread out over several weeks?” </li></ul>
<ul><li>Telephone Communication Most customers make first contact with a shop by telephone. Service techs normally do not talk to customers directly, but may be asked to help clarify a repair or a procedure. </li></ul>COMMUNICATIONS Continued ( cont. ) <ul><li>Use proper titles for the people with whom you communicate. If in doubt about whether to use a first name, call the person by the more formal Mr. or Ms. It is better to be a little too formal than overly familiar. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Thank you” is the most powerful phrase in human relations. It reassures customers that you are interested in serving. </li></ul>Suggestions when talking on the telephone include:
<ul><li>Avoid technical terms and abbreviations that will not be understood by the customer. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep comments positive and focused toward solving the problem or concern. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid making people or your shop look unprofessional or uncaring. Some service providers find it helpful to list words to use and to avoid on a card available for easy reference. </li></ul><ul><li>Speak clearly and distinctly. Hold the telephone mouthpiece about a half-inch from your lips. Speak naturally and comfortably. Talk to your caller as you would to a friend. </li></ul>
When talking to a customer, whether in person or on the telephone, have paper and a pencil or pen to record necessary information. In this case, the service representative at a Saturn dealer is using a preprinted form to record service procedures to be performed on a customer’s vehicle. Always Have a Paper and Pen When on the Telephone Figure 4–1 When answering the telephone, be sure to have paper and pencil or pen handy to record the customer information.
If you smile while talking on the telephone, your voice will reflect a positive and helpful attitude, which customers or vendors will easily recognize over the telephone. Smile While You Talk Figure 4–2 If you smile while talking on the telephone, your attitude will be transmitted to the customer.
<ul><li>Writing Is communicating by using the written word so that others can understand the intended message. Service technicians are required to document the work that was performed on a vehicle. For some technicians this is the most difficult part of the service. Writing or typing in the description of the steps performed during the diagnosis and repair of the vehicle should be worded as if the technician is talking to the customer. </li></ul>COMMUNICATIONS ( cont. ) Continued
<ul><li>Visually verified coolant leaking. </li></ul><ul><li>Performed a pressure test of the cooling system and located the leak as coming from the water pump. </li></ul><ul><li>Replaced the water pump and added new coolant and bled the system of trapped air. </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure tested the cooling system to verify that the leak was corrected—no leaks found. </li></ul>For example, if a coolant leak was repaired by replacing the water pump the technician should write out the following steps and operations on the work order:
If the customer is non-English speaking, type the information into a text document and search for a translation on the Internet. Give the copy of the translated document to the customer. The customer request could also be translated into English if needed to help the shop understand exactly what the customer is requesting and needs. Use Internet Translation
<ul><li>Reading Means the ability to read and comprehend the written word. All service technicians need to be able to read, understand, and follow written instructions and repair procedures. If some words are not understood, use a dictionary or ask another tech for help. If reading a note from a customer in another language you do not understand, ask if someone else in the shop can read it for you. </li></ul>COMMUNICATIONS ( cont. ) Continued
If unsure as to how something works or if you need more detailed information about something, go to Google ® and search for the topic. Using the Internet can help with locating hard-to-find facts and can even be used to help with a service procedure that you have not done before. For a link to all factory service information, go to the Web site of National Automotive Service Task Force . Look at the work scheduled for the next day and try to determine as much about the job as possible so you can be prepared the next day to tackle the procedure. Using the International Automotive Technicians Network is also very helpful for technical information and can help pin down hard-to-find problems. Google Is Your Friend ® Search Google : www.google.com Visit National Automotive Service Task Force: www.nastf.org Visit IATN: www.iatn.net ®
<ul><li>The first day on the job, someone, usually the shop owner or shop foreman, should: </li></ul>WHAT HAPPENS THE FIRST DAY? <ul><li>Introduce the new technician to key people at the shop. </li></ul><ul><li>Show the facility, parking, rules, and regulations of the organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish the new technician’s work area. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions of the new tech regarding skills and talents. </li></ul><ul><li>Review the training tasks that were completed in school. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to direct work to the new technician that covers the new training material. </li></ul>After each training session, the shop owner or foreman should: Continued
<ul><li>The first day on the job the beginning technician should: </li></ul><ul><li>Smile and ask questions if needed to clarify procedures and regulations. </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to take and pass a drug test. </li></ul><ul><li>Assure the service manager or shop owner that you are serious about a career as an automotive technician. </li></ul>
A beginning technician seldom has all of the tools needed to perform all of the service and repair tasks. However, a technician’s tools are very important and if a tool is needed, the beginning technician should ask to borrow the tool and be sure to show where the tool was returned and in clean condition. Don’t Touch Other Technician’s Tools
You may know you will only be a few minutes late to work, but your boss does not know that when you are not there on time. If you are going to be late, even by a few minutes, call the shop and let them know. This does not eliminate your being late from your record, but it does show correctly to your service manager and other technicians who are counting on your being on time to work every day that you do care. If Late — Call
<ul><li>Reading the Work Order A work order is selected or assigned to a service technician who then performs the listed tasks. The work order should be written so that the technician knows exactly what needs to be done. If there is any doubt, the tech should clarify the needed task with the service advisor or the person who spoke to the customer. </li></ul>DUTIES OF A SERVICE TECHNICIAN Continued
A good service advisor will document what the customer wants done on the work order. However, there are times when the explanation and description would take too long and too much space to be practical. In these cases, the wise service advisor simply states on the work order for the service technician to see the service advisor to discuss the situation. The service advisor can write the basic request to document what is needed. Ask Me About This
<ul><li>A work order, also called a repair order or RO is assigned to a technician who is best qualified to perform the work. The technician gets the keys and drives the vehicle to an assigned service bay (also called a stall ), gets the necessary parts from the parts department, and completes the repair. After the service work has been performed, the service technician should then fill out the work order and describe what work was performed. These are called the “three Cs .” </li></ul>Continued
Concern —Write on the work order what was done to confirm the customer’s concern. For example, “Drove the vehicle at highway speed and verified a vibration.” Cause —The tech should write the cause of the problem. For example: “Used a scan tool and discovered cylinder #3 misfiring.” Correction —The service technician should write what was done to correct the problem. For example, “Removed spark plug wire from cylinder number three and by visual inspection found the boot had been arcing to the cylinder head. Replaced spark plug wire and verified misfire was corrected.”
In some states or areas where automotive service is regulated, such as in California or Michigan, it is important that the term used to describe a labor operation is the term defined by the state agency. This means that some terms used in parts and time guides may not be the same terms used by the state. Always check that the terms used are in compliance with all regulations. Some terms that could be affected include: Rebuild ; Repair ; Overhaul ; Inspection ; R & R ( remove and replace ); and Safety Inspection . Regulated Terms to Use
<ul><li>Talking to Customers The typical service technician usually does not talk directly to a customer. There may be cases where the technician will be asked to clarify a procedure or repair to a customer. Many techs do not like to talk to customers fearing they may say too much or not enough. If a tech is asked to talk to a customer, try to keep the discussion to the following without being too technical. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>Concern (customer complaint) . The service technician should repeat the original concern. This is to verify to the customer and the tech the goal of the service or repair. </li></ul><ul><li>Cause . The cause of the fault should be mentioned. If further diagnostic steps needed to find the cause are requested, discuss the steps followed and the equipment or tools used. </li></ul><ul><li>Correction . Discuss what was done to solve the concern, including what parts were replaced. This step may also include other service operations needed to complete the repair, such as reprogramming the computer. </li></ul>
NOTE: If the customer speaks a foreign language that you do not understand, excuse yourself and locate someone in the shop who can assist you with communicating with the customer. Avoid using slang or abbreviation of technical terms. Ask the person if they understand and be willing to restate, if needed, until the situation is understood. This can often be difficult if discussing technical situations to persons of another language or culture.
When discussing a vehicle with a customer, it is best to avoid creating problems. For example, if a technician asked about a customer’s “car,” the customer could become concerned because they drive a truck and many owners of trucks do not want their vehicle called a car. Use of the term “ vehicle ”, a generic term, is often recommended when talking to customers to avoid possible concerns . Car, Truck or Vehicle?
<ul><li>Estimating a Repair Sometimes a service tech is asked to help create an estimate for the customer. It is usually the responsibility of the service advisor or shop owner to create estimates. The technician may be helpful by pointing out all of the needed operations that need to be performed to achieve a repair. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>The estimate for a repair includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Parts needed This list also includes any gaskets and/or supplies needed. The tech can help identify if extra supplies are required. </li></ul><ul><li>Labor A published time guide is usually used, but many times options such as rear air-conditioning or four-wheel-drive may add substantial time to the operation. The technician can help with the estimate by making sure that the options are pointed out to the service advisor or shop owner. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Documenting the Work Order The service technician must document the work order. This means the tech must write (or type) what all was done to the vehicle. The documentation is often called “telling the story” and should include the following: </li></ul><ul><li>The test equipment used to diagnose the problem. For example: Used Tech 2 scan tool to retrieve P0300 random misfire diagnostic trouble code. </li></ul><ul><li>Used digital multimeter to determine spark plug wire defective. </li></ul><ul><li>List of parts or service operations performed. For example: Replaced the spark plug wire on cylinder number 3. Used a scan tool to clear the diagnostic trouble codes and verify that the engine is operating correctly. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>Following Recommended Procedures All tech should follow diagnostic and service procedures specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Following service information procedures includes the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Follow/document the diagnostic procedure. Writing down test results helps the customer what was involved in the procedure and monitors the proper paper trail for future reference. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the recommended removal and reinstallation (R & R) procedures. This step helps prevent the possibility of doing harm to the vehicle if an alternative method is attempted. </li></ul><ul><li>Always torque fasteners to factory specifications. This step is very important because under-or over-tightened fasteners can cause problems that were not present until after the repair. The wise tech will document torque specifications on the work order. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Customer Pay Means the customer will be paying for the service work at a dealership rather than the warranty. Often the same factory flat-rate number of hours is used to calculate the tech’s pay, but customer pay often pays the service technician at a higher rate. For example, a service technician earning $15.00 per flat-rate hour for warranty work may be paid $18.00 per hour for customer-pay work. Obviously, service technicians prefer to work on vehicles that require customer-pay service work rather than factory-warranty service work. </li></ul>
Because service technicians are paid on a commission basis (flat-rate), the more work that is completed, the more hours the technician can “turn.” Therefore, to earn the most money, the service technician could do the following to increase the amount of work performed: What Can a Service Technician Do to Earn More Money? <ul><li>Keep up-to-date and learn the latest technical information </li></ul><ul><li>Practice good habits that help avoid errors or incomplete repairs </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from experienced and successful fellow techs and try to approach the repair the same way the successful tech does </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase the proper tools to do the work efficiently </li></ul>NOTE: This does not mean that every tech needs to purchase all possible tools. Purchase only those tools that you know you will need and use.
<ul><li>Nondealership Flat-Rate Technicians who work for independent service facilities or at other non-dealership locations use one of the following to set rates of pay: </li></ul>These contain service operation and flat-rate times. Generally about 20% higher (longer) than those specified by the factory flat-rate to compensate for rust or corrosion and factors of time and mileage. The guides also provide a list price for the parts for each vehicle. This information allows the service advisor to accurately estimate the total cost of the repair. <ul><li>Mitchell Parts and Time Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Motors Parts and Time Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Chilton Labor Time Guide </li></ul>
Most aftermarket service information includes a guideline for the relative level of the technician’s skill required to perform listed service procedures. These include: A = Highly skilled and experienced technician B = Skilled technician who is capable of performing diagnosis of vehicle systems C = Semi-skilled technician who is capable of performing routine service work without direct supervision Many time, guides provide additional time for vehicles excessively rusted due to climate conditions or have been subjected to abuse. Be sure to quote the higher rate if any of these conditions are present on the customer’s vehicle. Technician Skill Level and Severe Service
Figure 4–3 Note the skill levels of the technician and the extra time that should be added if work is being performed on a vehicle that has excessive rust or other factors as stated in the time guide.
<ul><li>When a service technician completes a service procedure or repair, a sticker is completed indicating the following: </li></ul>FLAGGING A WORK ORDER <ul><li>Technician number (often used to shorten the identification, also to shield the actual identity of the tech from the customer) </li></ul><ul><li>Work order number </li></ul><ul><li>Amount of repair time expressed in hours and tenths of an hour </li></ul>The application of the service technician’s sticker to the back of the work order is often called flagging the work order . NOTE: The actual assignment of the time is often done by another person at the dealership or service facility. This procedure assures that the correct number of hours is posted to the work order and to the technician’s ticket.
<ul><li>Often a repair (or a part of a repair) is performed by another person or company outside of the dealership or service facility. For example, an engine needing repair that also has a defective or leaking radiator would be repaired by the original facility. The radiator may be sent to a specialty radiator repair shop, and the cost entered on the work order as a sublet repair. </li></ul>SUBLET REPAIRS
PARTS REPLACEMENT <ul><li>Parts replacement is often called R & R, meaning remove and replace. </li></ul>NOTE: R & R can also mean remove and repair, but this meaning is generally not used as much now as it used to be when components such as starters and air-conditioning compressors were repaired rather than replaced as an assembly. Continued
PARTS REPLACEMENT <ul><li>R & I is often used to indicate remove and inspect to check a component for damage. The old replaced part is often returned for remanufacturing and is called a core. A core charge is often charged by parts stores when a new (or remanufactured) part is purchased and represents the value of the old component. </li></ul><ul><li>Because it is needed by the remanufacturer as a starting point for the remanufacturing process, the core charge is also an incentive to return the old part for credit (or refund) of the core charge. </li></ul>Continued ( cont. )
<ul><li>Original Equipment Parts Parts at a new vehicle dealership come directly from a vehicle manufacturer or regional dealership. If one dealership purchases from another dealership, the cost of the part is higher, but no waiting is required. If a dealership orders a part from the manufacturer directly, the cost is lower, but there is often a 7- to 10-day waiting period. Original equipment parts, abbreviated OE, are of the highest quality because they meet performance and durability standards not required of replacement parts manufacturers. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Aftermarket Parts Parts manufactured to be sold for use after the vehicle is made are often referred to as aftermarket parts or renewal parts. Most aftermarket parts are sold at automotive parts stores or jobbers. A jobber or parts retailer gets parts from a regional warehouse distributor , which purchases parts directly from the manufacturer or from an even larger central warehouse. </li></ul><ul><li>Because each business needs to make a profit (typically, 35%), the cost to the end user may not be lower than it is for the same part purchased at a dealership </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>To determine what a 35% margin increase is for any product, simply divide the cost by 0.65. To illustrate how this works, compare the end cost of a part (part A) from a dealership and a parts store. </li></ul>
NOTE: Many service technicians will use only OE parts for certain critical systems such as fuel injection and ignition system components because, in their experience, even though the price is often higher, the extra quality seems to be worth the cost not only to the owner of the vehicle but also to the service technician who does not have to worry about having to replace the same part twice.
<ul><li>New versus Remanufactured Parts New parts are manufactured from raw materials and have never been used on a vehicle. A remanufactured (also called rebuilt ) component has been used on a vehicle until it wore out or failed. A remanufacturer totally disassembles the component, cleans, machines, and restores the part to a “like new” look and function. If properly remanufactured, the component can be expected to deliver the same length of service as a new part. The cost of a remanufactured component is often less than the new part cost. </li></ul>CAUTION: Do not always assume that a remanufactured component is less expensive than a new component. Due to the three-step distribution process, the final cost to the end user (you) may be close to the same!
<ul><li>Used Parts Used parts offer another alternative to either new or remanufactured parts. The cost of a used component is typically one-half the cost of the component if purchased new. Wrecking and salvage yards use a Hollander manual that lists original equipment part numbers and cost and cross-references them to other parts that are the same. </li></ul>
Working with a Mentor <ul><li>A mentor is a person at the job site who helps the beginning service technician, also called the trainee. The word mentor comes from Greek mythology. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Mentor was the faithful companion and friend of Ulysses (Odysseus), the King of Ithaca. Before Ulysses went to the Trojan Wars, he instructed Mentor to stay and take full charge of the royal household. Mentor had to be father figure, teacher, role model, counselor, trusted advisor, challenger, and encourager to the King’s son in order that he become a wise and good ruler. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>A mentor fulfills many roles, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher —helps teach information and procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Coach —has trainee practice service procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Counselor —concerned, but not trained to offer advice </li></ul><ul><li>Advisor —helps with career-type decisions, such as what tools are needed </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate —(stands up for the trainee) represents and helps the trainee’s concerns be expressed to others </li></ul><ul><li>Role model —presents a positive role model every day </li></ul>A good definition of a mentor would be, “A highly qualified individual who is entrusted with the protection and development of the young.” Continued
<ul><li>Qualifications of a Good Mentor A good mentor should be assigned to a new tech. Qualifications of a good mentor include: </li></ul><ul><li>Trade proficiency —The person selected should be a highly skilled technician. </li></ul><ul><li>Good coaching/mentoring skills and techniques —The mentor has to have patience and be willing to help the trainee by explaining each step needed to complete a procedure. </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership/role model —The mentor should take pride in being a professional service technician and have high ethical and professional standards. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>Mentoring a trainee can be frustrating for an experienced tech because the mentor needs to verify everything the trainee does until satisfied that competence has been achieved. Even very basic procedures need to be watched, such as hoisting the vehicle, changing the oil and oil filter, and other operations. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Report to work every day on time. Being several minutes early every day is an easy way to show your service manager and fellow technicians that you are serious about your job and career. </li></ul><ul><li>If you must be late or absent, call your service manager as soon as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep busy. If not assigned to a specific job, ask what activities the service manager or supervisor wants you to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Report any mistakes or accidents immediately to your supervisor or team leader. Never allow a customer to be the first to discover a mistake. </li></ul><ul><li>Never lie to your employer or to a customer. </li></ul>The following statements reflect the expectations of service managers or shop owners for their technicians: Work Habit Hints - Part 1
<ul><li>Always return any borrowed tools as soon as you are done with them and in clean condition. Show the person you borrowed the tools from that you are returning them to the toolbox or workbench. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your work area neat and orderly. </li></ul><ul><li>Always use fender covers when working under the hood. </li></ul><ul><li>Double-check your work to be sure that everything is correct. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not smoke in a customer’s vehicle. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid profanity. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: “If you are forcing something, you are probably doing something wrong.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help if unclear as to what to do or how to do it. </li></ul>Work Habit Hints - Part 2
<ul><li>DO NOT TOUCH THE RADIO! If the radio is turned on and prevents you from hearing noises, turn the volume down. Try to return the vehicle to the owner with the radio at the same volume originally set. </li></ul>NOTE: Some shops have a policy that requires employees to turn the radio off. 12. Keep yourself neatly groomed including: 13. <ul><li>Shirttail tucked into pants (unless designed to be worn outside) </li></ul><ul><li>Daily bathing and use of deodorant </li></ul><ul><li>Clean hair, regular haircuts, and hair tied back if long </li></ul><ul><li>Men: daily shave or keep beard / mustache neatly trimmed </li></ul><ul><li>Women: makeup and jewelry kept to a minimum </li></ul>Work Habit Hints - Part 3
When starting a new job at a shop or dealership, be sure to ask about the following: Adhere to the Times <ul><li>What time should I arrive at work? This may be different than the scheduled work starting time. For example, the work day could start at 8 a.m. but the shop owner or service manager may want all technicians to arrive and start to get ready to work at 7:50 a.m. </li></ul><ul><li>When is break time? Breaks may or may not be regularly scheduled and it is important for the beginning technician to know and adhere to break times. </li></ul><ul><li>When is lunch time? In some busy shops, the lunch period is staggered to be sure that some technicians are always available for work. Always be willing to adhere to the requested lunch period. </li></ul>
TEAMWORK <ul><li>Team Building A team is a group of individuals working together to achieve a common goal. Even shops or service departments that do not use a team system with a group of technicians is still a team. All members of the service department are part of a team effort, working together to achieve efficient vehicle service and customer satisfaction. The key is selecting employees that are willing to work together. While the shop owner or service manager has hiring authority, every technician should consider what is best for the entire group to help increase repeat business and satisfied customers. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>Leadership Roles As a tech gains experience, he or she often asks for guidance, not only for technical answers, but also for other issues in the shop, such as paperwork and use of aftermarket parts. </li></ul><ul><li>The more experience the technician has, the more likely he or she will be placed in a leadership and role model position. </li></ul>
ADVANCEMENT SKILLS <ul><li>The job of a service tech becomes more valuable to the shop or dealership if work can be accomplished quickly, without any mistakes. Being careful to avoid errors is the first consideration for any service technician. With experience, the speed of accomplishing tasks can and will increase. More than speed is needed to become a master technician. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are also needed While beginning technicians are usually not required to diagnose problems, troubleshooting skills are very important toward becoming a master technician. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>Most master technicians follow a plan which includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Always verify the customer concern. </li></ul><ul><li>Perform a visual inspection and check for possible causes of the problem, including damage from road debris or accidents. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a scan tool and check for stored diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). </li></ul><ul><li>Check service information for technical service bulletins (TSBs). </li></ul><ul><li>Check service information and follow diagnostic trouble charts. </li></ul><ul><li>Locate and correct the root cause of the problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Verify the repair and document the work order. </li></ul>The process of analyzing, evaluating information and making a conclusion is called critical thinking .
Housekeeping Duties <ul><li>A service tech is usually responsible for keeping his or her work area clean and tidy. Good housekeeping includes the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Clean floor. If coolant or oil is spilled on the floor during a repair procedure, it should be cleaned before starting another job. </li></ul><ul><li>Items kept off the floor. It is easy to allow parts and other items to be stored in and around the toolbox and in corners. However, having items on the floor makes keeping the area clean and neat looking very difficult. </li></ul>Continued
To make cleaning easier and for a more professional shop appearance, keep only those items on the floor that have to be on the floor and find a place off the floor for all other items. Keeping “Things” Off the Floor <ul><li>Keep areas around exits and fire extinguishers clear. Do not store or place parts, boxes, or shop equipment, such as floor jacks and testers, near exits and fire extinguishers. This helps ensure that people can have easy access to exits or the fire extinguishers in the event of an emergency. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid spraying chemicals in the air. To help keep the air in the shop clean, keep the use of spray chemicals, such as brake cleaner, to a minimum and avoid spraying where it could result in affecting the air others breathe. </li></ul>
To determine if the shop and other technicians look professional, step outside and enter the shop through the same door as a customer. Now look around. Look at the shop and the other technicians. Does the shop give the appearance of a professional service facility? If not, try to improve the look by asking the shop owner or service manager to do the same thing in an attempt to create a more professional looking shop. Look at the Shop from a Customer’s Point of View
If a technician needs to have another technician finish a repair due to illness or some other reason, be sure to write down exactly what was done and what needs to be done. Verbal communication, while very effective, is often not a good way to explain multiple steps or processes. For example, the other technician could easily forget that the oil had not yet been added to the engine, which could cause a serious problem if the engine were to be started. If in doubt, write it down. Write it Down
JOB EVALUATION <ul><li>In most jobs, there is an evaluation of performance. A beginning tech should be able to do the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Follow instructions. The trainee should follow the instructions of the mentor or service manager. This includes making sure that the person is notified when the job has been completed and if there were any problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Do No Harm. Avoid exerting a lot of force to door panels or other components to help avoid breaking clips or components. Always use the right tool for the job. Always think before acting, “Am I going to hurt something by doing this?” </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>Keep a neat and clean appearance. It is normal to get dirty while performing service work on a vehicle. However, after each job is completed or even during the repair, try to keep as clean as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask that your work be checked. Even though the trainee thinks that the service or repair was done correctly, until confidence has been established, it is wise to ask to have all work double-checked. </li></ul>CAUTION: Never allow a mistake to reach the customer. It is only a problem if it cannot be corrected. Continued
<ul><li>Informal Evaluation In many cases, a beginning technician’s activities are simply observed and noted, which is a type of informal evaluation. Both are usually done and both can influence the technician’s pay. </li></ul><ul><li>Formal Evaluation The mentor and/or service manager may or may not conduct a written evaluation on a regular basis. If a written evaluation is performed, this is called a formal evaluation. A formal evaluation usually includes many points of discussion. </li></ul>
Everyone makes mistakes. While a damaged component or vehicle is never a good thing to have happen, the wise technician should notify the service manager or other person in charge as soon as a problem or accident occurs. Only then can work begin to correct the problem. If a mistake is hidden, eventually someone will learn about the error, and then people will not think it was wise to ignore or to cover up the situation. Don’t Cover Up Mistakes NOTE: Most employees are fired from a job as the result of not being able to get along with others, rather than a lack of technical skills.
SUMMARY <ul><li>Professionalism and personal credibility are important to the success of any service technician. </li></ul><ul><li>A mentor is an experienced technician who helps a beginning technician in all aspects of the trade. </li></ul><ul><li>A mentor can help a beginning service technician not only quickly learn how to perform automotive service and repair procedures, but also can provide career and personal development guidance. </li></ul><ul><li>The beginning service technician (trainee) has a responsibility to ask questions and act in a professional manner. </li></ul>Continued
<ul><li>Evaluations can be formal or informal. </li></ul><ul><li>Before a tech starts work on a vehicle, the work order should be read carefully to determine exactly what service is needed. </li></ul><ul><li>If a technician is asked to talk to a customer about a repair, discuss the original problem (concern), what was found (cause), and what was done to correct the fault (correction). </li></ul><ul><li>A technician should always document the work order and follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended procedures. </li></ul><ul><li>Most technicians are paid on a flat-rate basis. </li></ul>SUMMARY ( cont. )